Shameful experiment takes toll on animals

Re: the Dec. 4 article “Bighorns, mountain lions dying.”

Now let me get this straight. The Arizona Game and Fish Department transplants, at taxpayers’ expense, 31 bighorn sheep from their natural habitat in Yuma to the Catalina Mountains, the natural habitat of mountain lions.

Within weeks, two bighorns are found dead and for that reason two mountain lions are killed by Game and Fish. What a surprise! What did they expect from this experiment? That the lions would not stalk the sheep for food?

It appears the department’s stupidity is only surpassed by their desire to destroy God’s creatures. This is just another attempt by these people to override the natural order of nature by taking things into their own hands. My heart bleeds for both of these beautiful species that are needlessly being led to the slaughter. Shame, shame, shame!

Sally Alves

Retired business owner, Rio Rico

Bighorn sheep project is another travesty

Re: the Dec. 4 article “Bighorns, mountain lions dying.”

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s reintroduction of bighorn sheep to the Catalinas is biologically and ecologically unsound — and they know it. It is strictly a PR thing. Now they’ve begun the purge of the “predators,” the mountain lions and coyotes, cited as “a threat” to the bighorns.

I would like to think that there might have been a biologist or two who professionally disagreed with this transplant but I guess they wanted to keep their jobs! Seems like another jaguar travesty.

Robert Moses

Retired wildlife biologist, Sierra Vista

Is the GOP willing

to let thousands die?

The online problems experienced with implementing the Affordable Care Act, and President Obama’s misleading statement that everyone could keep the health insurance plan they had are inexcusable.

Equally inexcusable is the Republican Party’s determination to destroy a program that will provide health insurance for millions of Americans who lack coverage while not offering an alternative plan.

The bottom line is that the Republican Party is willing to accept that millions of Americans will suffer and thousands will die from a lack of adequate medical care. This reality is truly frightening.

Stuart Sellinger

Retired school administrator, Tucson

Scrapping Obamacare would be a mistake

Re: the Nov. 16 article “House OKs health policies that don’t meet new markers.”

Republican and Democratic members of Congress voted to effectively scrap the Affordable Care Act. Members argued they were protecting the American people from a “disaster.” Figures vary, but most estimates place the uninsured around 45 million; the underinsured at around 35 million. Who or what will protect these Americans?

The “disaster” referred to is the higher cost of ACA comprehensive insurance to some Americans, but all insured Americans are already paying higher costs as the uninsured seek assistance in emergency rooms.

To allow companies to continue to offer inadequate insurance guts the basis of the ACA and destroys the logic on which the law, and insurance, is based. The act is flawed, but scrapping the protection it offers millions of needy Americans is no solution.

Republicans and Democrats worry about, and work toward, re-election, rather than serving the nation by working together. How different their stature would be had they the courage to work thus; how different, to take pride rather than embarrassment in our legislators.

Ann Weekes

Retired, Sahuarita

The truth about Tucson

Re: the Nov. 15 guest column “Tucson, in decline, needs vigorous new leadership.”

Pat Darcy hit the nail on the head. We need common sense leadership. Shame on us for all the millions that we have spent with no returns. The dishonesty, the wheeling and dealing, the “we didn’t know” excuses from all who had a hand in our community decisions.

I’m a native and have seen so many businesses close, a red flag that Tucson is losing. You know your city is in a bad way when we have to send our mail to Phoenix and they have to return it back to us. Maricopa County is laughing all the way to the bank.

Norma Alday

Retired art teacher, Tucson

Situations in N. Korea, Iran are different

Re: the Nov. 27 column “A dangerous deal with Tehran, one we’ve seen before.”

There is actually little similarity between North Korea and Iran regarding nuclear weapons. Iran signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. North Korea did not. Iran has a complex, divided government whereas North Korea has a monolithic single party dictatorship. North Korea is in a state of war against South Korea, the United States and the United Nations, but Iran is not at war with anyone.

Most important, Iran is a theocracy whose cleric in charge has issued a Fatwa against atomic bombs, which the government of Iran cannot, under Iranian law, defy. Iran wants the State of Israel to disappear, but without damage to any sacred sites in the Holy Land, a goal that a nuclear weapon cannot accomplish. There is no actual evidence Iran is trying to make an atom bomb, just suspicion, whereas the NPT grants them the right to enrich uranium for electric power. Facts trump fear, Senator Cruz!

David P. Vernon

Independent management

consultant, Tucson

Sometimes it takes

more than a president

Re: the Nov. 29 letter to the editor “Compare WWII ramp-up with health website.”

With due respect to the letter writer who compares the buildup during WWII to Obamacare: If you look back it was not the president who accomplished that ramp-up, it was our entire country working together. It took a country working as one to do what was done during WWII.

Now compare that with what we have today. Yes sir, it takes more than just a president.

Roger Ray

Retired Army, Green Valley